Cult of the Sacred Spear is a true account of an amazing visit to a primitive people in one of the less visited areas of Africa. The author, who combines stock-broking with the activities of a writer, anthropologist and traveller tells of his unusual acceptance into the mysterious tribes of the Lower Nile. He found himself in the midst of an unknown war, surrounded by strange customs, yet he undoubtedly enjoyed the excitement of a totally different environment. This book has been conceived in an effort to save not only what is left of a Southern Sudanese culture, but also what remains of a people driven from their homes.
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Brian MacDermot was born on 2nd December 1930 in Paris of an American mother and Irish father. After a cosmopolitan upbringing which included attending schools in England. France, Ireland and the United States, he decided to live and work in England. After taking an honours degree at New College, Oxford, he went into the Irish Guards, obtaining a short service commission and serving in Germany and Egypt from 1952-1955. On leaving the Army he joined a firm of Stockbrokers on the London Stock Exchange and has since become a member of the Stock Exchange and a partner in his present firm.
He has a wide interest in the arts, education, political and world affairs and is a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
In October 1960 he visited the Rhodesias and Katanga and wrote for the Irish Times on the role of the United Nations in the Congo. In September 1962 he again visited the Congo, writing a general survey on politics for the same newspaper. Subsequently he visited ex-French Equatorial Africa and photographed the late Dr. Schweitzer for Associated Press.
Cine photography came later, and in 1969 he produced his first documentary film for television on ‘The Nuer” of Ethiopia and the Southern Sudan, a tribe which he grew to know, and who named him ‘Rial Niang’.
Africa remains the continent of his heart and in Cult of the Sacred Spear a story unfolds which could hardly be told by anyone else.